Pacers Gaming have acquired Lets Get It Ramo from Pistons GT in exchange for the Pacers 1st Round Pick (4th Overall). Find official releases from both teams on the trade below:
Pacers Gaming Official Release
INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers Gaming, the NBA 2K League team owned by Pacers Sports & Entertainment, made its first-ever trade Thursday, moving its first-round pick (fourth overall selection) in the 2019 Draft in exchange for power forward Ramo Radoncic (Lets Get It Ramo) of Pistons GT.
Ramo (pronounced RAH-mo) was the fifth overall selection in the 2018 NBA 2K League Draft and averaged 19.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists for Pistons GT, who were 9-5 in the regular season this year and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Heat Check Gaming. Ramo played once against Pacers Gaming this season and scored 21 points, had nine rebounds and recorded six assists in a 69-63 loss to the Pacers.
“Ramo gives us an elite-level player who proved himself as a top 5 MVP candidate throughout the first season of the NBA 2K League,” said Pacers Head Coach and Director of Esports Operations Cody Parrent. “We believe his in-game skill, competitive mentality, and character will mesh well with the foundation we are building here in Indianapolis.”
In early September Pacers Gaming named WoLF 74 (Bryant Colon) and Swizurk (Nicolas Grech) as the two “protected” players from the NBA 2K League expansion draft. WoLF was the team’s top pick last year, selected 13th overall in the first round, and Swizurk was taken 22nd overall in the second round.
Pacers Gaming finished its season in the inaugural year of the NBA 2K League with an 8-13 overall record, including a 5-9 regular-season mark.
Pistons GT Official Release
DETROIT, Mich. ¬– The Pistons Gaming Team announced today that the club has acquired the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft in exchange for power forward Ramo Radoncic, “Lets Get it Ramo”. Pistons GT now has two first-round draft picks in the upcoming draft, pairing the fourth pick from Pacers Gaming with the team’s slotted 16th pick in the first round.
“This trade allows us to continue to build on a successful first season for Pistons GT and gives us options to strengthen our roster for the 2019 campaign,” said Adam Rubin, Manager of esports for Pistons GT. “We thank Ramo for his contributions to Pistons GT last season and wish him the best as he continues his career.”
Radoncic played an important role in helping Pistons GT reach the postseason in year one of the NBA 2K League. The power forward averaged 19.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.7 blocks in 23 games during the season and was a NBA 2K League MVP candidate. Radoncic was the fifth overall pick in the inaugural 2018 NBA 2K League Draft.
Pistons GT finished the season with the NBA 2K League’s third-best record, 9-5, to clinch its first-ever playoff berth and was one of 17 franchises participating in the inaugural season. The NBA 2K League is the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league. According to Newzoo, by 2020 the esports industry is expected to grow to $1.5 billion worldwide while the audience for esports is expected to reach 557 million by 2021, including 250 million dedicated enthusiasts and 307 million occasional viewers.